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The Six Napoleons

I am not trying to explain it. I am just saying that there is a certain logic in the gentleman's eccentric behaviour. For example, in Dr. Barnicot's hall, a sound might wake up the family. So here the bust was taken outside before being broken. In the surgery, where there was less danger of an alarm, it was smashed where it stood. The affair seems absurdly unimportant. However I can't call anything trivial when I reflect that some of my most classic cases have had the least interesting beginnings.